Flutter

Flutter is a device your child can use to clear his or her airway. Blowing into the flutter helps loosen and move any trapped mucus, or secretions.

The flutter is shaped like a pipe with a steel ball on a cone inside. You must hold the flutter at the right angle to make it work. Blowing into the mouthpiece makes the steel ball rise and fall. Breathing into the flutter sends vibrations throughout your child's lungs that help loosen the trapped mucus. Blowing harder and faster into the mouthpiece helps shake loose the mucus and moves it up and out of his or her lungs.

  1. Have your child sit up straight. 
  2. Have your child rest elbows on a table. 
  3. Have him / her take slightly deeper breaths than normal for 1 to 2 minutes. 
  4. Have your child tilt his / her head up slightly. 
  5. Have him / her take a slow, deep breath. 
  6. Ask him / her to hold their breath for 2-3 seconds 
  7. Place the flutter device in your child's mouth. 
    1. Make sure to tilt the flutter at a right angle. 
    2. Have your child keep cheeks stiff. 
  8. Have your child breathe out through the device quickly, but not using a lot of force. 
  9. Have him / her blow out just beyond a normal breath. 
  10. Repeat for a total of 15 breaths. 
  11. Do two to three Huff Coughs
  12. Have your child cough to get rid of any mucus.

Repeat the entire process for 6 cycles or up to a maximum of 30 minutes.

After each use: 

  • Take the device apart 
  • Shake off excess water 
  • Place face down to air dry on a clean paper towel

Every day: 

  • Take the device apart 
  • Wash all parts in soapy water using a mild detergent 
  • Rinse with sterile water, dry and store device in a clean area

Last Updated 08/2012